Cows with IDA use 50% less antibiotics!


Connecterra did an insightful trial over the last year that showed hugely successful results in the reduction of antibiotics usage. We conducted a scientific study on two European farms for the whole of 2018.

The field trial was done within the context of the Horizon 2020 Internet for Food and Farm project.

The goal was to demonstrate that the approach of using AI and cloud computing to support dairy farm management works. We tracked key performance indicators for two commercial dairy farms.

To track animal health, we looked at the number of days cows were treated with antibiotics. The groups for which the farmers got cow health insights via IDA recover two to four times faster than those not fitted with IDA. Since the farmer got early health warning for IDA cows, these cows were diagnosed sooner, and treatment started earlier therefore far fewer antibiotics were used as a result of this.


Antibiotics reduction graph


Our findings will be presented at the European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming. For more details, we refer to our scientific paper that will be published in the proceedings of the 2019 ECPLF conference.

 Follow this link to find out more about how IDA uses AI to improve animal health and farm efficiency.



IoF2020 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nr 731884.